Ear Cuffs: Everything You Need to Know

We hear you – you love ear cuffs! They’re one of our signature designs, and they’re also the style we get the most questions about. Here’s what you’ve been asking, and here’s what you need to know.

Model with multiple ear cuffs

What’s the easiest way to take your ear game to ??

Ear cuffs! Love the look of a decorated ear, but feeling commitment-phobic? Ear cuffs are a great way to try out the look without getting any additional piercings.

Is the ear cuff trend new?

The first ear cuff ever recorded in history, in 2000 BC, was called a Kaffa. It was designed to hug the curve on the outside edge of the ear, and because it put little weight on the ear, could be worn in large and dramatic styles. Ear cuffs continued to be worn over the centuries, and were repopularized during the 1990s grunge period in simple silver styles. They’re back – in an unprecedented array of styles and shapes. There’s never been a better time to rock an ear cuff!

Who’s been wearing ear cuffs?

So many people! We’ve seen ear cuffs (both dramatic and simple) styled on high fashion designers, top style bloggers, and stars such as Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o.

Do I need to pierce my ears?

Nope, no need to go to the piercer. You can slip an ear cuff right on and see what it would look like to have a cartilage piercing, without any of the pain or care required to take care of a piercing. All of the style, none of the responsibility!

What should I team my ear cuffs with?

Ear cuffs are versatile, pairing well with stud, drop, and hoop earrings. With endless mixing and matching possibilities, you truly can create your own ear party – from an intimate, small cluster of 2-3 earrings to an all out festival with a fully decorated ear.  There are no right and wrong answers here – it’s really about embracing your own personal style. Two classic, can’t-go-wrong combos are the Eternity Ear Cuff worn with the Whisper Open Hoops and the Classic Ear Cuff with Little Bar Studs.

How do I put my ear cuff on?

Placing an ear cuff on your ear for the first time may be slightly tricky, but with a little practice, it will become second nature. Begin by standing in front of a mirror and holding the ear cuff parallel to your ear. Slip the cuff on the thinnest part of your ear, and then slide it down to adjust. The ear cuff should securely hug your ear and feel comfortable.  You’ll know that it’s the right size when you can gently tug on it and it doesn’t come off.

How do I adjust my ear cuff to size?

Our ear cuffs are designed a little oversized so that they’ll fit a wider variety of ear shapes, and they’re extra thick to hold their shape over time (so they don’t fall off your ear).  

To size our ear cuffs down, pinch the two ends of the cuff between your thumb and forefinger and gently press in until you reach the desired size.  If the cuff is too thick to pinch with your fingers, use a pair of pliers to gently press the two ends together using a small cloth to prevent scratching of the surface. 

You can also size up the cuffs using a pair of pliers to expand the space between the two ends – just apply equal pressure outward as you’re expanding the cuff to keep it balanced.

Can I sleep in my ear cuff?

When it comes to whether or not to sleep in an ear cuff, that is totally up to you. Small, simple ear cuffs are generally less risky to sleep in than large, elaborate ones.

What are some of your favorite ear cuff looks?

We’re not supposed to play favorites, but here are a few ear cuff looks that we can’t get enough of 🙂


Any other questions? Message us – we’re happy to help!